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Stamford's Fairgate Farm Celebrates Fall With Harvest Festival

Maxon Keating, farm manager and production manager, at Fairgate Farm on Stillwater Avenue uses a scuffle hoe to get rid of weeds. The garden is holding its fall harvest Saturday.
Maxon Keating, farm manager and production manager, at Fairgate Farm on Stillwater Avenue uses a scuffle hoe to get rid of weeds. The garden is holding its fall harvest Saturday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Maxon Keating, farm manager and production manager, at Fairgate Farm on Stillwater Avenue checks on some of the produce. The garden is having its fall harvest Saturday.
Maxon Keating, farm manager and production manager, at Fairgate Farm on Stillwater Avenue checks on some of the produce. The garden is having its fall harvest Saturday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Fairgate Farm on Stillwater Avenue is hosting its Fall Harvest Saturday. The community garden is celebrating its fourth harvest since it was created in 2011.
Fairgate Farm on Stillwater Avenue is hosting its Fall Harvest Saturday. The community garden is celebrating its fourth harvest since it was created in 2011. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Fairgate Farm in Stamford will celebrate its fourth season of growing food as it holds a Harvest Festival on Saturday and gives away its produce to the community.

The event is from noon to 2 p.m. at the community garden located at 129 Stillwater Ave. Farm manager Bill Callion can't wait.

"It's a great day, and we have had a very good season," he said. "We will be giving away the harvest to the community because the farm is about the community."

The farm has expanded and now sits on a 2-acre site filled with all types of vegetables. The garden also is the site of various programs to educate people about proper nutrition and growing your own food.

The farm and the events grew from the cooperation among the community, corporate sponsors, Stamford Hospital and Charter Oak, the landowner, Callion said.

Initially, the farm was to be a temporary one until it was decided what to do with the property. But, Callion said, it was decided a community farm was the best option over a small park, meadow or erecting buildings on the site.

In 2011, on a hot mid-July day the first seeds were planted, he said and the farm enjoyed a successful first year.

That first year saw 800 pounds of produce grown as the farm built the foundations for years to come. In 2012, a ton of food was produced, while 2013 saw 3,000 pounds produced, Callion.

He declined to estimate the number of pounds of food the farm would harvest this year other than to say they expected to approximately double last year's yield.

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